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The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow


Published September 13, 2012


LibriVox recording of The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow, by Anna Katharine Green.

Read by Richard Kilmer.

It is the noon hour at a museum in New York City. The date: May 23, 1913. The weekday, attendance is light; the attendees are scattered between two floors. Suddenly a cry rings out from the second floor. Scrambling to Section II, the museum director discovers a teenage girl dead with an arrow through her heart. An older woman hovers over her whispering incoherent phrases in the girl's ear and offering incomprehensible answers to the director's questions. She is the only witness to the crime, or accident, as the case may be. How will the feeble, 83 year-old Mr. Gryce unravel this mystery when this witness is apparently insane?

Anna Katharine Green was noted for her scientific approach to the murder mystery. In The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow she breaks more ground with her in-depth study of the psychological interplay between the murderer, the victim and the witnesses. Although more quietly paced, this mystery presents many elements of a current psychological thriller: blind ambition, narcissism, obsession and betrayal. Green adds a peculiar twist with the fact that two heartbroken relatives of the victim sacrifice virtually everything to protect the murderer.(Summary girlbooks/blog.com)

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Date 2012-09-13
Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text


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Reviewer: glttrgrl8 - - August 3, 2014
Subject: Sad but well-constructed story
Detective Gryce and Sweetwater investigate the mystery of a young girl killed by an arrow in museum. The mystery that unfolds is unexpected, has its usual twists and turns, but the end is still a surprise. It's a story of love and devotion, friendship and hate, as well as sadness and the lowest nature of humankind. The plot is tight and well written. Any AKG fan will enjoy this book. Richard Kilmer does an outstanding job reading this story. I highly recommend "The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow."
Reviewer: mikezane - - October 5, 2012
Subject: Heartbreaking story
A young girl's life is ended, and a mystery unfurls before those investigating the death. Who is she, and why was she killed? Why did her mother flee in terror after she died?

This is a wonderful story, full of human interest and mystery. You kind of figure out the plot twist, but the ending is still a bit unexpected in how it works out. I enjoyed it, but it sure is a sad tale of how foolish humans can be sometimes.

Reader did his usual fine job. Thank you!
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